Cultures around the world whose citizens enjoy healthy life spans past 100 years offer us great insight into the science of longevity and happiness.
According to the National Institute of Aging, healthy lifestyles –not genetics –determine up to 70 percent of our level of wellness and length of days.
5 Longevity Lifestyle Practices
These lifestyles of longevity included specific habits. The 5 most universal practices included:
- An active lifestyle made up of daily exercise and movement
- A mostly plant-based diet
- A strong faith in God and sense of life purpose
- Robust relationships with family and friends
- Low stress (including limited interaction with technology)
Simple Dietary Habits
Several other studies suggest that simple dietary habits can also contribute to greater wellness, healthy weight levels and longevity.
- Eating smaller meals more often–up to 6 times a day–allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. This practice also helps moderate insulin levels and decreases fat storage.
- Going meatless three days a week and enjoying more plant-based meals can help detoxify your system and reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart attacks.
- Eating your big meal early in the day is a common practice in longevity cultures. Smaller meals eaten in the afternoon and then early evening give the digestive system time to rest and recover until the next morning.
- Eating until your full but not stuffed. Nutritionists suggest putting down your fork after eating about 80 percent of your meal. At this point, you’re already feeling satisfied and, truthfully, that last 20 percent will only bloat and overload you.
- Never eating when upset. Your body thinks it’s in danger and will not digest properly until the stress subsides. In addition, you’re also likely to make poor choices at this time and load up on comfort foods high in sugar, carbs and bad fats. Cool off and then feast!
It’s always a good time to start making healthier choices. The good news is our bodies are self healing and self repairing if we give them the right tools. May these tips tips help you on your road to wellness. Here’s to living a long life fully Healed, Healthy and Whole!